Illegal Drugs


Substance Abuse (Illegal Drugs, page 2)

Heroin Use by US Students, 2002
  8th Grade 10th Grade 12th Grade
Ever Used 1.6% 1.8% 1.7%
Used in Past Year 0.9% 1.1% 1.0%
Used in Past Month 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%


Abuse of cocaine and heroin causes damage to multiple organs, i.e.:
  • Skin infections: skin abscesses and cellulites
  • Respiratory disorders:  difficulty breathing and accumulation of fluid and pus in the lungs
  • Immune system:  increased risk of HIV and Hepatitis B infections
  • Cardiovascular system:  Hypertension, stroke, sudden cardiac arrest and death10

Addiction is a problem commonly associated with all forms of substance abuse.  In some cases it only takes one or two exposures to substances such as tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs before physical and psychological dependencies begin to develop.  These addictions are extremely difficult to overcome and many people never succeed in freeing themselves of these self-destructive behaviors.

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